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Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note Six years ago, the idea was born and refined. First came the call from the director of the University of North Carolina Press, which set things into motion. Then came meetings to hammer out details among the Society of Civil War Historians, the Richards Center, and the press. As so often happens, the best brainstorming came over food, in this case in a little barbecue shack in Charlotte, during the Southern Historical Association meeting. Two blinks of the eyes later, and we have finished our fifth volume year. And now I’ve decided it’s time for my tour as editor to come to an end. It amazes me how quickly this journal came together and how quickly it entrenched its reputation for attracting work of a high scholarly rigor. During startup, I had many moments of anxiety as we got the word out and recruited the research that launched this project. My mind kept per- verting a line from the movie Field of Dreams: what if you build it and they don’t come? After all, a journal has a direct impact on the contribu- tor’s livelihood—establishing the building blocks for tenure and a schol- arly reputation. Departments that decide on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

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Abstract

Six years ago, the idea was born and refined. First came the call from the director of the University of North Carolina Press, which set things into motion. Then came meetings to hammer out details among the Society of Civil War Historians, the Richards Center, and the press. As so often happens, the best brainstorming came over food, in this case in a little barbecue shack in Charlotte, during the Southern Historical Association meeting. Two blinks of the eyes later, and we have finished our fifth volume year. And now I’ve decided it’s time for my tour as editor to come to an end. It amazes me how quickly this journal came together and how quickly it entrenched its reputation for attracting work of a high scholarly rigor. During startup, I had many moments of anxiety as we got the word out and recruited the research that launched this project. My mind kept per- verting a line from the movie Field of Dreams: what if you build it and they don’t come? After all, a journal has a direct impact on the contribu- tor’s livelihood—establishing the building blocks for tenure and a schol- arly reputation. Departments that decide on

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 21, 2015

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